MORE Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Monday, March 19, 2018

If you can manage to get past the zesty funk and sharp flavor, apple cider vinegar makes a great addition to your diet. I try to drink a shot of ACV once in the morning and again at night to aid digestion. Most people give ACV too much credit but it does have some solid benefits. It can increase feelings of fullness if taken before a meal, which means you consume less calories. Plus, the acidity promotes your guts natural acid, breaking down food more quickly. Less bloating and happy tummies! I’m all about it. But my obsession with ACV goes much further.
ACV sat in my cupboard for the longest time in the beginning of my wellness journey. Taking less than 5 tablespoons daily in total didn’t put a huge dent in the bottle right away. So, when it came time to repurchase I wasn’t running to the store. It wasn’t until I started working for Whole Foods that I slowly discovered all of the possible uses for ACV within the home.  Fast forward to today and a spray bottle of ACV and water (1:2) holds a permanent position on both my bathroom and kitchen sinks. Here are a few of my fav uses for that golden, funk: 

1.         Armpits! Like, no lie. We gotta talk about this. You guys realize you wear deodorant 24/7, right? You wake up, you shower, YOU PUT ON DEODORANT, you go to work, you come home, go to bed WITH YOUR DEODORANT, wake up and repeat again and again. The only time you’re not wearing deodorant is in the shower. And that’s giving your bodywash a lot of credit!  Most traditional soaps aren’t going to draw out all the dirt, sweat and bullshit trapped under your pits from yeeeeears of daily use. So, FIRST, make a habit of washing your under arms before bed. Deodorant is chemicals. Deodorant is aluminum. Deodorant is bullshit. I pray every night for God to send me a natural deodorant that can handle my level of lady sweat. But until that day, I’ll be washing my under arms every night and spraying my ACV water as a kind of toner. The malic acid in ACV makes it a potent antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral substance capable of keeping all kinds of bacteria at bay. AVC also draws out toxins from your skin and restores pH. This is a game changer given the amount of time deodorant sits on our skin. It actually inhibits the natural process of the body and traps dirt and sweat under the skin. Regular use of ACV helps restore order, which is especially helpful before a good night’s sleep while our bodies are doing lots of repairs.

2.          ACV is an absolute godsend when it comes to cleaning fruits and veggies. I’m going to ruin your day real quick and let you know those apples you bought are as dirty as a doorknob. Forget about all the hands it passed through in the packaging and delivery process, the amount of people that poked and prodded your fruit in the grocery store alone is enough to quickly realize a few rinses under the faucet ain’t enough. ACV kills bacteria and removes dirt and pesticides. If you have your mixture of ACV water ready in a spray bottle all you have to do is spray your produce before putting up your groceries and it doesn’t even feel like an extra step (I like to spray, rinse and spray again).

ACV makes a great all-purpose, all-natural cleaner for your counter tops and works miracles on burnt, crusty pots and pans. There are sooooo many more uses for ACV, ask Pinterest! But these are the few that I’ve made habits in my life and swear by. Let me know if you’ve adopted any other uses that you think I should try.

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